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NATIONWIDE: Reptile food recalled

Reptile owners who have been feeding rats, mice and chicks to their pets may be at risk for salmonella poisoning. The company that sells the reptile food, Mice Direct, announced a recall of the frozen rats, mice and chicks Tuesday, saying that 30 human illnesses possibly related to the frozen reptile feed have been reported in 17 states. The products were shipped to all states except Hawaii, and the feed was available for purchase through pet stores, mail order and direct delivery.

WASHINGTON: Lockerbie hearing postponed

A senator said Tuesday that he was postponing this week's hearing on the release of the man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland because of "stonewalling" by British and Scottish officials who declined to testify. "They would prefer to sweep this under the rug," said Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who was to chair Thursday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

CALIFORNIA: Ansel Adams' lost works

A trove of old glass negatives bought at a garage sale for $45 has been authenticated as the lost work of Ansel Adams and worth at least $200 million, an attorney for the owner said Tuesday, but the iconic photographer's representatives dismissed the claim as a fraud and said they're worthless. Arnold Peter, who represents Fresno painter and construction worker Rick Norsigian, said a team of experts who studied the 65 negatives over the past six months concluded "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the photos were Adams' early work, believed to have been destroyed in a 1937 fire at his Yosemite National Park studio.

NEW JERSEY: Teens charged in immigrant death

Dusk fell around Salvadoran immigrant Abelino Mazaniego as he sat on a bench on a promenade in Summit, N.J., after finishing up his restaurant shift. As night encroached, so did a group of teenagers, including one with a cell phone videocamera at the ready. Then, authorities say, they beat him unconscious, with the camera rolling. Days later, the 47-year-old father of four was dead - but not before the video had been circulated among teenagers, authorities say. And not before a nurse in the emergency room where he was taken the night of July 17 was accused of pilfering several hundred dollars from his wallet. The attacks on Mazaniego's body and dignity resulted in days of escalating court actions that culminated yesterday in murder charges against three young men, ages 17, 18 and 19.


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